3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

( USA / 2015 )
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On Black Friday 2012, four African-American teenagers stopped at a gas station to buy gum and cigarettes. One of them, Jordan Davis, argued with Michael Dunn, a white man parked beside them, over the volume of music playing in their car. The altercation turned to tragedy when Dunn fired 10 bullets at the unarmed boys, killing Davis almost instantly. The seamlessly constructed, riveting documentary film 3 1⁄2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS explores the danger and subjectivity of Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense laws by weaving Dunn's trial with a chorus of citizen and pundit opinions, alongside the wrenching experiences of Jordan Davis' parents.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 98 min.
Theme: Crime, Current Affairs, Education, Family, Human Rights, Law and Justice, Media, Personal Story see all »
Language(s): English
Director(s): Marc Silver
Producer(s): Carolyn Hepburn, Minette Nelson
Excluded regions: France, Finland, Australia, see all »
3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets


  • Press Kit
  • “Impressive...Emotional...Suspenseful”
    Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
  • “With its intimate portrayal of a tragedy that echoes the killings of unarmed black men around the country, “3 1/2 Minutes” offers a tale as emotional as it is topical.”
    Steven Zeitchik, The Los Angeles Times
  • “"3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets" is a thought-provoking, mournful experience.”
    Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times
  • “3 ½ Minutes masterfully unites the narratives of all sides to place a cinematic microscope on the destructive nature of the nation's deadliest social disease.”
    Julian Mitchell, Huffington Post
  • “A–”
    Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
  • “Gripping.”
    Kyle Smith, New York Post
  • “Director Marc Silver expertly interweaves the courtroom drama and its larger social and human implications.”
    Kyle Smith, New York Post
  • “Gripping...Brilliant”
    Crystal Bell, MTV
  • “…tight and accomplished on all levels.”
  • “[A] harrowing exploration of criminal justice gone awry.”
  • “[A] shocking, moving and relatively unbiased account of the tragedy.”
    The Guardian
  • “…a chilling, rigorously assembled documentary.”
  • "Silver's film is a superbly crafted documentary...a stunning and objective piece of documentary filmmaking...gorgeously quiet and allows for as much breathing room as possible...Marc Silver is at the top of his game here"
    Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast

awards & accolades

  • Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize and Grand Jury Prize
  • Zurich Film Festival - Best International Documentary Film
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival - Sheffield Youth Jury Award
  • RiverRun International Film Festival - Audience Choice Award
  • Jerusalem Film Festival - Best Documentary

Festival participation

  • Sundance Film Festival 2015
  • Zurich Film Festival 2015
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2015
  • RiverRun International Film Festival 2015
  • Jerusalem Film Festival 2015
  • AFI DOCS 2015
  • Seattle International Film Festival 2015

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Distribution Company: ro*co educational

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